Monday, January 22, 2007

Monday Morning Devotions

My apologies for being late in posting this weeks entry.
IJohn 4:9- "In this the Love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." (NKJV)
The gift of God is more than just the forgivness of sins, it also allows us not to rely on our own strength to live Godly. In other words, we are able to live through God's Son. We just don't try to live to the Christian life, but Jesus lives the life in our hearts. If we fail to know any other evidence of God's love, than this should be sufficient proof: God gave His only begotten Son so that not only can we be saved from sin and judgement, but that we can live a full life on earth. The creator cared so much for us that He wants each one of us to live life as a "redeemed one". A life that is victorious over sin now and is so different from the world that this life attracts the world to this life.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Eph 2:8- "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God..." (NKJV)
Some, including myself, having so tried to avoid using grace to excuse my inadequacies as a disciple of Jesus , that we have forgotten the role grace plays in our lives. I have no problem admitting that I can do nothing to earn salvation. Yet how easily I can forget that it is by grace that I walk the way Jesus walked. We can no more boast of sanctification than we can boast of salvation. All we can do is cooperate with God as he does the work. Through positive action we can avoid grieving the Holy Spirit. If we can trust God for the gift of salvation, the gift which allows us to sit in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus, we can surely trust Him to do the work that molds us into the image of His Son.

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